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Dad of man allegedly killed by immigrant seeks House seat

August 8, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — The father of an Arizona man allegedly killed by an immigrant living in the country illegally is launching a longshot bid to unseat Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva.

Steve Ronnebeck announced his candidacy this week with a focus on immigration. The heavily Democratic district includes parts of Tucson, Yuma and Phoenix’s Southwest Valley.

Ronnebeck’s 21-year-old son, Grant Ronnebeck, was shot and killed in 2015 at the Mesa convenience store where he worked. Prosecutors have charged 34-year-old Apolimar Altamirano in a case that’s been cited by President Donald Trump as he rails against crimes committed by immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

Grijalva’s liberal voting record and outspoken criticism of Trump have made him a target for conservatives. He says it’s too early to comment on potential rivals, noting others may run.

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